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KENOSHA, Wisconsin (AP) – Jurors weighing the charges against Kyle Rittenhouse will return Wednesday for a second day of deliberations in his murder trial. Jurors met for an entire day on Tuesday without a quick verdict after two weeks of testimony in which they received very different representations of his actions the night he shot three men on the streets of Kenosha. Prosecutors said Rittenhouse was an “aspiring soldier” who provoked a confrontation, while defense said he feared for his life and acted in self-defense after being ambushed by a “person. crazy”. Rittenhouse, then 17, shot dead two men and injured a third on a tumultuous night of protests against racial injustice in the summer of 2020.

NO DATE (AP) – Hospitals in Michigan and Minnesota are reporting a wave of COVID-19 patients not seen for months. Beds are filling with unvaccinated people and health care providers are warning staff are exhausted by yet another increase. Michigan had just over 3,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals this week for the first time since spring. Almost all of the hospital beds were occupied in Minnesota. Meanwhile, some states are ignoring federal guidelines and expanding boosters. Arkansas joined California, Colorado and New Mexico this week to offer them to anyone 18 or older. Michigan has the nation’s highest seven-day COVID-19 case rate at 503 per 100,000 people.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – President Joe Biden last month announced an agreement to operate the Port of Los Angeles around the clock to fill a huge backlog of cargo that is pushing up prices for consumers. But it hasn’t happened yet. Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka said on Tuesday the facility had “24/7 capacity,” but a shortage of truck drivers and overnight warehouse workers lay down. problems, while encouraging importers to adopt the extended hours. US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said switching to 24 hours wasn’t just “flipping the switch.” But the backlog is shrinking. Seroka said freight remaining nine days or more was down 29% since October.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) – Syrian state media claim that Israel carried out an attack on the south of the country with two missiles targeting an empty house and causing no casualties. The state-run SANA news agency said the missiles came from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and targeted the building south of the capital Damascus early Wednesday. He says Syria’s defense systems intercepted one of the incoming missiles. The agency says the attack caused no losses. SANA says Wednesday’s raid took place shortly after midnight. Israel has staged hundreds of strikes on targets inside government-controlled Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

TOKYO (AP) – Asian stocks fall despite closing higher shares on Wall Street, as investors examine strong US retail earnings reports and an encouraging update on consumer spending. Benchmarks in Japan, South Korea, Australia and China fell early in the session. Virtual talks between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping seemed to signal a step in the right direction, but did not result in any major announcements. The S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq rose. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 1.7% in October. This is the biggest gain since March and up from 0.8% the month before.

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